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    It's clean. Winter can end any time now.

    After a month of weekends and a few weekday evenings the GSA sidecar rig is clean, the wiring inspected and in some cases rerouted or protected by wire loom, the Krista lights installed where the OEM fogs used to be, a new tire on the rear, and a tool tube installed inboard of the right pannier. The sidecar has been cleaned of a year's worth of road grime, the finish polished then five coats of carnauba wax applied (during riding season all it gets is an occasional hosing to get the clumps of mud off). Next weekend I'll start installing Barley's new ragtop. After that I'll tear down the GS and clean, inspect and wax it. When that one is back together there are boxes of maps to pour over, dreams of next year's rides to ponder.

    With luck, winter will end before I run out of things to do.

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    Ummm...

    Sorry. Useless w/o pictures...
    "Stupidity, if left untreated, is self-correcting."

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    What is this clean stuff? My Ural looks like it just came from a pigsty. I spray the rig with Boeshield and ride. It looks terrible but under the Boeshield is a clean bike waiting to come out when the weather gets nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Railbender View Post
    What is this clean stuff? My Ural looks like it just came from a pigsty. I spray the rig with Boeshield and ride. It looks terrible but under the Boeshield is a clean bike waiting to come out when the weather gets nice.
    NW PA is the Deep South. Up here the road salt is simply brutal, and the tourists with their all season radials are deadly.

    Besides, this is the only time of year I stop riding long enough to clean, inspect, install farkles and ponder next year's adventures.
    '07 R1200GS for solo rides
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrafikFeat View Post
    Sorry. Useless w/o pictures...
    '07 R1200GS for solo rides
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenfiddich View Post
    Ah! Sweet Validation. What's holdin' the hack up?
    "Stupidity, if left untreated, is self-correcting."

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrafikFeat View Post
    Ah! Sweet Validation. What's holdin' the hack up?
    Ramps on the pusher and the tub; jackstand to a wooden plank under the subframe.
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    What's "winter" ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ka5ysy View Post
    What's "winter" ?

    Not Hurricane Season.
    "Stupidity, if left untreated, is self-correcting."

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    Quote Originally Posted by ka5ysy View Post
    What's "winter" ?

    Winter is the season we rely on to keep all the riff raff out, kill all bugs, and provide opportunities for sports other than those we enjoy other times of the year. People who live in places where the weather rarely changes are really missing out.

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    '07 R1200GS for solo rides
    '10 R1200GSA with Hannigan dual sport sidecar for rides with Barley

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